Welcome to the 9th installment of Rick’s Radio Show for Radio Turia. This show has a focus on The Beatles and will focus on groups who covered their songs, individual Beatles and bands that were highly influenced by The Beatles. Listen to some great rare gems that are only available on Rick’s Radio.
First up is Andrew Oldham. Andrew Oldham discoved the Rolling Stones and managed their careers upto 1971. He taught the Stones how to do the bad boy act, got them their image and as a teenager brought the Stones to the pinicale of popularity.
Andrew and I worked together many times and it was in the 1990’s that he handed me a tape he was working on where he produced and actually sang on. On that tape were many songs from The Beatles and I know that these tracks do not exist anywhere else but in my library and that the only way you can hear them is from Rick’s Radio. So I am proud to present to you;
Andrew Oldham – Please, Please Me.
It is common knowledge that a rift broke the Beatles up that many blame on Yoko Ono. While we may agree there might be some truth to this we still always loved John Lennon. John was the real rocker in this group and his talent was a beacon to many musicians that followed. With intense song writing and the ability to bring that power to the stage John’s carreer was on its way up when he was tragically murdered in New York City.
This is one of his more popular songs after his reappearance on the music circuit and I present to you;
John Lennon – Cold Turkey
Now I head back to Andrew Oldham, the original manager of the Rolling Stones. Andrew married a South American movie star, Ester Farfan and had a son with her, Maximillian Oldham. Andrew like the idea that he named his son Max, to the Max so to speak. The tape I have is filled with love songs and some are directed at Ester. But as this show is about Beatles tributes and offshoots I present to you another Oldham tribute to the Beatles;
Andrew Oldham – PS, I Love You.
Oh yeah, Andrew was an amazing fellow and his producing and arranging have to peer.
Moving back to John Lennon we hit on some of his top solo hits and this one takes you into his most moving songs. John was an idealist who used his fame and money to help bring human issues to the people. From protest to bringing human issues to interviews John took on the yoke of peace. I present to you,
John Lennon – Instant Karma
In the late 90’s a band appeared in New York City whose similarities to the Beatles shot them almost to the top of the charts. Their look and their songs just had the rink of the Beatles and they were The Push Kings. They released only 2 Cds before they disappeared from the music industry, but I still think they should have gone further. I present to you,
Push Kings – Nine Straight Lines
In the 60’s there was a great band called Eric Burdon and the Animals. Sometimes it was just The Animals but Eric Burdon was the star of the show. He was an English singer and songwriter whose stage precense was strong and powerful. He joined in the new wave of Electric Blues and along with the Beatles and the Stones took part in the British Invasion of the USA. With a huge string of hits Eric Burdon joined with others to help bring the band into the psychedelic music sphere. It is with this incarnation of his band that I present to you,
Eric Burdon – When I was Young
Ok, once again I bring you into the realm of one of the most popular singers from the era, Bob Dylan. Dylan was a huge influence on the Beatles as well as the Rolling Stones. One of the greatest singer songwriters of our era I think there is no need to expand much about him so I present to you,
Bob Dylan – Like A Rolling Stone
Now we move on to another of the great American rock bands, Paul Revere and the Raiders. From the mid sixties to the early seventies this band toured all over the world and ranks up there in the top 500 all time bands. I present to you their hit song from 1966
Paul Revere And The Raiders – Hungry
The next artist never wrote a single song that I know of and is most famous for making great covers of great songs. I had the privilege of meeting and hanging out with her in the early part of her career and can say she was a lot of fun and a real rocker. I have here another great cover she did and present to you,
Joan Jett – Bits And Pieces
One of the finest guitarist still alive is Eric Clapton. His career started with the Yardbirds and moved to Cream and others until he finally just did solo gigs. His perfect blues licks made him famous and I present to you,
Eric Clapton – Rollin and Tumblin’
Now I am going to do something new and play the same song by the original artist. Muddy Waters is a legend in the blues and a feature of Chicago Blues. I remember him well in the blues dives of Chicago and he was a warm and friendly bluesman, always working with his audience. I present to you the original version of this song,
Muddy Waters – Rollin and Tumblin’
OK, lets take a jump way into the present and bring a band that I always thought would be bigger than they got. I was passing a popular club one night in New York City and saw a huge line waiting to get into the club. It was a weekday night so I had no idea why this was happening. I stopped by the back door and asked what was up. They told me some group from England was showcasing and let me in to see it. It was the most amazing band I had seen in a long time. A trio that had the sound of a full band. This was Supergrass and I was really delighted to have that opportunity to see them on their first gig in the USA. I present to you,
Supergrass – Alright
My next selection is from a rare CD of The Pinheads. The Pinheads were a band from 1985 who really played only a few times and was featured in a Back the Future featured with Marty McFly. They played a battle of the bands and were stopped and told that they were too loud. Eventually the band and the event were featured in an Animated Series called Marty and the Pinheads. I present to you,
The Pinheads – Bad 2nd Bone
What better way to end the show as it began, with Andrew Oldham. Now you will have three great tribute songs to the Beatles from the legendary manager of the Rolling Stones. Only possible to hear at Rick’s Radio. So without further ado I present to you,
Andrew Oldham – Ruby Tuesday
That’s all the time I have right now and it is now time to close the show. I want to thank everyone for making this show possible and to the great artists who played the music. Remember that everything about this show including this script is up on RicksRadio.com in both English and Spanish, so get on the site. Register and comment about the shows. Let me know what you like and what you want to hear more of. I have a pretty large collection of music and you will be hearing more of it as we go along.
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